Thank you to Paul Moore and his 3 fellow riders for their pilgrimage and for raising over £3000 for SAMA 82

In this 37th year since the end of the short but bloody conflict in the Falkland Islands, veteran of that campaign Major (Retired) Paul Moore and 3 fellow ex-servicemen rode around the UK by motorbike between 01 to 05 July 2019 visiting the gravesites of 23 men of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment who fell during the battle for Mount Longdon on the night of 11 June 1982.  3 Para attacked the key position of Mount Longdon in the final days of the Falklands war in 1982 and held the position under constant artillery and mortar fire for two days before advancing into Port Stanley to secure the Argentine surrender.  

The South Atlantic Medal Association (Known as SAMA 82) continue to support veterans of the Falklands campaign and the families of the fallen through practical and emotional support, including assisting veterans to visit the Falkland Islands.  These visits are a positive and constructive way for veterans to deal with mental health issues which may have been caused by their service during the Falklands war.  The Ride of Respect has raised £2,838.56 + £455.75 Gift Aid

 

Paul Moore commented

 “I am completing this Ride of Respect in order to demonstrate that our friends are not forgotten and I feel that it is important that we honour the families who continue to live with the loss of their sons.  It is also to thank the staff of the South Atlantic Medal Association for the tireless work they do in supporting the veterans of that war”

Ride Itinerary

Day 1 Mon 01 July

0940 hrs Lanchester DH70JQ - Stewart Laing
1100 hrs Gosforth NE35BT - Phillip West 1700 hrs Paisley PA34JA - James (Doc) Murdoch

Day 2 Tue 02 July

1030 hrs Chorlton M217GL - Anthony Greenwood
1215 hrs Wallasey CH455DE - Stewart McLaughlin
1500 hrs Walsall WS28EA - Mark Dodsworth
1800 hrs Corby NN172AE - Alexander Shaw
1900 hrs Brixworth NN69DF - Gerald Bull

Day 3 Wed 03 July 1300 hrs Pontypool - Visit to SAMA Office

Day 4 Thur 04 July

1000 hrs Ross on Wye HR95PZ - Timothy Jenkins
1230 hrs Frome BA116TG - Keith McCarthy
1400 hrs Tidworth SP97JR - Peter Higgs

Day 5 Fri 05 July

11.30 hrs Aldershot Military Cemetery
Neil Grose
Jason Burt
Jonathon Crow
Peter Heddicker
Ian McKay VC
David Scott
Ian Scrivens
Richard Absolon
Stephen Hope
Craig Jones

17.00 hrs Worthing

Christopher Lovett Plus others from Airborne Forces who gave their lives in the Falklands 1982

A JustGiving Page with a target of £1000 was opened: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/airborneriders3parafallen?fbclid=IwAR0axqtVivpDQAuosQrgWxoY9VA7voLKDSr_g2JNBQkKiGnK88uPIkTsJJg&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=AirborneRiders3ParaFallen&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook

Statement from
Gordon Mather MM

It is difficult to believe that it is nearly 40 years since Argentine forces invaded the Falkland Islands on April 2nd 1982. Following 74 days of ferocious fighting on land, sea
and in the air, the Commander Land Forces General Jeremy Moore was able to signal London that, ‘the people of the Falkland Islands are once again living under the Government of their choice’. The victory however came at a very heavy price, 3 Falkland Islanders and 255 members of the Task Force died during the conflict, nearly 800 were wounded.

On behalf of the South Atlantic Medal Association (SAMA82) I would like to express my sincere thanks to Paul, Andy, Tony and Paul for his most generous contribution to our charity.